After last summer’s unbearable heat and humidity in Cincinnati, you’ve probably welcomed the nip in the air. But that doesn’t mean you won’t appreciate your furnace when temperatures plummet in the winter, as they always do.

To ensure that your furnace stays in tip-top shape all winter long, an annual tune-up is a cold-weather must. Here are the areas that will have your HVAC technician’s attention when he arrives for your annual tune-up:

  • The thermostat: Settings will be checked and adjusted, as needed.
  • Electrical connections will be checked and tightened.
  • Lubrication and cleaning: Dust and dirt can build up in your furnace, especially if you’ve neglected changing the air filter. The ignition, burner assembly and blower motor will be cleaned, and all moving parts will be lubricated to ensure that they continue to operate free of friction. This will help to lengthen the life span of your furnace.
  • Furnace safety: Your technician will check for carbon monoxide and gas leaks, inspect and adjust the gas pressure and test and adjust the safety controls.
  • Fuel connections: An evaluation of fuel lines and their connections is essential.
  • The flue draft and vent will also be checked.

Last — and very important — your HVAC tech will change your air filter. Remember, checking and changing the filter once a year is hardly sufficient. Check the filter regularly during the heating season and replace it as soon as it looks dirty.

Don’t overlook your furnace maintenance. We recommend a 15-point tune-up for $149. Should your furnace quit on you, we also offer emergency service. Ready to schedule your tune-up? Call Apollo Home Electrical, Heating, Cooling and Plumbing. We’ve been assisting Cincinnati-area homeowners with their furnace maintenance needs since 1910.

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